Fusion Tower

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Fusion Tower
Froomsgate House - geograph.org.uk - 166544.jpg
Seen from Lewin's Mead
Fusion Tower is located in Bristol
Fusion Tower
Shown within Bristol
Former names Froomsgate House
General information
Status Complete
Address Rupert Street
Town or city Bristol
Country UK
Coordinates 51°27′25″N 2°35′42″W / 51.457°N 2.595°W / 51.457; -2.595Coordinates: 51°27′25″N 2°35′42″W / 51.457°N 2.595°W / 51.457; -2.595
Completed 1971[1]
Owner Froomsgate House Realty Ltd[2]
Landlord Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP[2]
Height 63 m (207 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 15[1]
Floor area 1,368 m2 (14,730 sq ft)[3]
Lifts/elevators 3[3]
Design and construction
Main contractor Laing Development[4]

Fusion Tower, formerly known as Froomsgate House, is a 63 m (207 ft)[1] high student accommodation building in central Bristol, England, situated at the junction of Rupert Street with Lewin's Mead.

History[edit]

Froomsgate House was completed in 1971 as a 15-storey office building. The building had 1,368 m2 (14,730 sq ft) of office space and was serviced by three lifts.[3] There were also three floors of car-parking.[5] The building was owned by Froomsgate House Realty Ltd and managed by Hartnell Taylor Cook LLP.[2] The name derives from an ancient city gate by the River Frome which once stood on the site.[4] Notable tenants include the Crown Prosecution Service Southwest.[6]

On the first floor of the building is a mosaic mural map, the Froomsgate Map, executed by artist Phillipa Threlfall. This artwork was commissioned by the developer Laing Development owned by John Laing plc. The map depicts the surrounding area in 1673 as originally shown in James Millerd's map of that date. It is sited on the first floor as it was originally envisaged that Froomsgate House would be linked to other surrounding buildings by elevated walkways.[4]

In 2014, Fusion Students, a property developer, converted and redeveloped the building into 480 bed student accommodation.[7] It involved adding two new floors to the on top of existing roof level of the building. The accommodation building includes three to six-bedroom apartments, studio flats, a gym, a concierge service, a cinema, games area and off-street parking.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Froomsgate House". Skyscrapernews.com. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Service Charge Report June 2009" (PDF). cushmanwakefieldinvestmentsales.co.uk. 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Froomsgate House" (PDF). rbiassets.com. 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Threlfall, Philippa (2011). "1970's Murals - 1970 Froomsgate Map". philippathrelfall.com. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Froomsgate House". emporis.com. 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "CPS South West: Contact us". cps.gov.uk. 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Fusion Tower". Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "BRISTOL'S FROOMSGATE HOUSE TRANSFORMED INTO STUDENT ACCOMMODATION". 14 September 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2017.